New College and Swindon College are planning to merge before the end of the academic year in preparation for the construction of the new Institute of Technology.

Governors of both colleges believe that a merger would bring a wide range of potential features and benefits for students and employers, including a "well-planned and more cohesive high quality curriculum".

Chair of New College's governing body Charlotte Mannion said: “This merger is an opportunity for our two colleges to come together to better meet the region’s education, skills and training needs.Together we will be a major force shaping future learning opportunities and helping to drive the economic prosperity of the Swindon and Wiltshire area.”

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